My family involvement in the Easter Rising 1916

Posted by Bryony Partridge on March 26, 2016 in Site

Rhona Murray, Family Historian at Ancestry, shares her family’s story and their involvement in the Easter Rising 1916. My great grandfather was a hard man. John Poole, father to 13 children and husband to Bridget Gibson. He had been toughened by life experiences. Born in Dublin in 1896, he grew up in a tenement house… Read more

Researching Women in World War II

Posted by Jennifer Holik on March 25, 2016 in Site

Wars are fought by men. Isn’t that what we are usually told? We have been so conditioned to look for records of men who participated that we often overlook the women who were involved. Many women participated in the war effort for World War II on the home front, taking jobs vacated by men who were… Read more

Be Our Next Ancestry Storyteller

Posted by Jessica Murray on March 23, 2016 in Site

Share your Ancestry success story with the world! Have you discovered your ancestors unique history or unlocked a family legend using Ancestry or AncestryDNA? Tell us about it and you could be the star in our next Ancestry TV commercial!* You’ll find our video submission site here. Film your answers to the following questions about your experience… Read more

Tracing Your Jewish Roots with Jeremy Frankel and Victoria Fisch from JGS

Posted by Jessica Murray on March 18, 2016 in Site

Jeremy Frankel and Victoria Fisch are active members in the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and in fact, both serve in leadership roles for their local chapters. We recently caught up with them to talk Jewish research, how they helped on a handful of past “Who Do You Think You Are?” episodes and how they… Read more

Do One Simple Thing To Save Your Favorite Heirloom

Posted by Denise May Levenick on March 16, 2016 in Site

Whatever the age, condition, or value of your favorite family heirlooms, without a record of its past, your grand-dad’s pocket watch is just another family trinket. It’s a sad truth genealogists see far too often when it comes to family photos, documents, and memorabilia — without some documented history, our precious keepsakes are just “stuff.”… Read more

Ancestry Produkt-Update: Neue Stammbaumfarben

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 16, 2016 in Site

As we expand globally, Ancestry is committed to offering our educational content in multiple languages so we’re beginning to offer several of our most popular blog posts in German. This post below is available in English and can be found here. Wir haben die Rückmeldungen unserer Kunden in den letzten Monaten sorgfältig aufgenommen und die… Read more

Finding Your Irish Roots in Irish Catholic Parish Registers

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 11, 2016 in Site

I feel like the doors to my Irish ancestry have suddenly been opened wide with the recent addition of more than 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers on Ancestry. For many of us, this collection represents the best chance of discovering a written record of our ancestors and their families online. The National Library of… Read more

Stories From a Sunny Clime: West Indian Tales of Unity and Strength

Posted by Barbara Paca on March 10, 2016 in Site

When traveling from frostbitten North America to warmer climates, we tend to thaw out, and marvel at the apparent simplicity of pastoral life in various island destinations. This was not the case for former MIT professor, Perry Miles, who, in 1963, visited Antigua with his wife in search of his family roots, only to make… Read more

Jan Meisels Allen Shares the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights

Posted by Jessica Murray on March 9, 2016 in Site

Imagine a world where access to genealogically important records is cut off. That is becoming a reality in some states across the country and the legislation is spreading. Thankfully, a very vocal group of genealogists is rallying support and advocating on behalf of family historians to prevent laws from cutting off access to valuable records.… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: Tree Color Preferences

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 1, 2016 in Site

Over the past couple of months we have been listening to member feedback and running usability testing around the color options available on our site. Some members have shared it was difficult to read light text on a darker background. Others actually preferred it. We have come up with several color options so you can… Read more